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Milford Daily News: Medway wants support for Rte. 109 project

May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010
The Milford Daily News

Several town officials appeared before the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) yesterday seeking support for the Rte. 109 Redevelopment Project.

Medway representatives in Boston supporting the project included Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy, Director of the Department of Public Services Tom Holder, Deputy Director David D’Amico, Medway’s MAPC Representative Chan Rogers and Medway’s SWAP Representative Paul Yorkis.

According to Kennedy, Medway was invited to attend a meeting of the MPO’s Transportation Committee to directly address MPO members and Mass DOT officials regarding the importance, status, and cost of this vitally important regional transportation project.

Supporting Medway representatives were the town’s legislative delegation including state Sen. Karen Spilka, Rep. Carolyn Dykema and a representative from Rep. Jim Vallee’s office. Delegation officials urged the Transportation Committee considering the Rte. 109 Project to approve it and include it in the Transportation Improvement Program for the Boston MPO.

Paul Yorkis indicated the project would focus on a portion of Rte. 109 from Holliston Street to the intersection of Highland, Franklin, Milford, and Main streets and 100 feet beyond on each street.

Holder added that the scope of the project is to correct a dysfunctional intersection that is a regional issue, improve storm water drainage that goes into the Charles River, reduce the number of curb cuts in the business district, reconfigure the roadway layout in the business district to reduce accidents and encourage business development, improve pedestrian safety by establishing signalized crosswalks, and improve the streetscape.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Espinosa said, “Rte. 109 has not been worked on in Medway, but it has in all surrounding towns, so it’s really important we get this going. It’s been one of my goals as a selectman to really push this forward.”

Espinosa said the process is “not as fast as I’d like” but it is an important project to finish.

“From a safety standpoint, there are many areas throughout the route that are dangerous for pedestrians, we’ve had a fatality and injuries on that street,” he said. “And it revitalizes from a business standpoint, and it expands our industrial tax base. The energy of the Rte. 109 in town is a very important.”

According to D’Amico, funding for the project will be in three parts. The first is $300,000 from the state for design and engineering thanks to state lawmakers and Governor Deval Patrick. This money is available now. The second portion, $400,000 to complete the design and engineering comes from federal funds secured by Congressman Jim McGovern, and will be used as soon as the state dollars are expended. McGovern has also been working with Medway to secure construction funding by the time the design has been completed and approved by the state.

MPO members indicated they understand the need for the improvements to Rte. 109 and offered general support for the advancement of this significant regional transportation project.

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